Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw meets with Parkland survivors

first_imgJames Shaw Jr.(PARKLAND, Fla.) — The man who pried the burning-hot gun barrel from the mass shooter at a Nashville-area Waffle House last month met with a number of survivors from the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Saturday.James Shaw Jr. was hailed as a hero after stopping additional deaths and injuries when Travis Reinking allegedly opened fire on restaurant patrons — killing four — in Antioch, Tennessee, on April 22. Reinking has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide and four counts of attempted murder, including against Shaw.Shaw has spent the past few weeks continuing to advocate for the victims of the shooting and against gun violence. That advocacy took him to Parkland, Florida, on Saturday for a meeting with several students who have become prominent advocates for gun control themselves.David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who have become outspoken activists in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, were among the survivors Shaw met with. Seventeen people were shot and killed in an attack on the high school on Feb. 14. Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the attack.Gonzalez has actually tweeted about Shaw in the past. Rapper Kanye West praised Gonzalez for her activism and called her “my hero” during a bizarre spree of tweets in late April. Gonzalez tweeted that Shaw was her hero, seemingly in response to West’s two tweets praising her.Shaw returned the favor on Saturday, saying Gonzalez was one of his heroes. Gonzalez called the meeting with Shaw “the Most Legendary Breakfast I’ve ever had in my life.”Hogg tweeted of his meeting with Shaw, “Lots of work ahead but the young people will win.”Shaw, a 29-year-old father of two, started a GoFundMe page following the shooting, which has raised over $239,000 for the families of the four people killed in the Waffle House shooting. He had initially set a goal of just $15,000.Hogg and Gonzalez were two of the most prominent organizers of the “March for Our Lives” on March 24. The group organized a massive march in Washington, D.C., as well as satellite events across the U.S. In all, there were marches in all 50 states calling for increased gun control and an end to gun violence.Gonzalez now has 1.4 million followers on Twitter, while Hogg has more than 783,000. Both have used the platform to rally for their cause, while facing criticism and hate campaigns as well.Shaw was wearing a T-shirt labeled “Live,” a shirt sold by the Nashville-based company Live Above, which is donating all profits to the James Shaw Jr. Foundation for the victims of the Waffle House attack, according to ABC affiliate WKRN-TV.In addition to Shaw’s own philanthropy, his alma mater, Tennessee State University, established a scholarship in his name last week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gordon weakens as storm moves inland, dumps heavy rain on Gulf Coast

first_imgABC News(MOBILE, Ala.) — Tropical Storm Gordon came ashore just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border late Tuesday bringing gusts over 75 mph and half a foot of rain to Pensacola, Florida. The storm also claimed the life of a child in Pensacola when strong winds toppled a tree on his family’s mobile home.As of 4 a.m. local time, over 40,000 customers were without power in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida — about 21,000 of which were in Alabama.Officially, Gordon made landfall Tuesday at 10:15 p.m. local time as a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. It never became a hurricane, as it was just 4 mph short of reaching the classification.Gordon is weakening even more Wednesday morning and is a low-end tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.A tornado threat and flash flooding will continue for the central and eastern Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida through the morning.Moving forward, Gordon will continue to weaken and become a tropical depression later Wednesday morning and then just a remnant low as it moves into the Mississippi River Valley Thursday.Even though Gordon is weakening, it is also slowing down and will produce a lot of rain in the central U.S.As Gordon’s remnants move north and hit a slow-moving cold front, the storm will come to a crawl and dump more than a half a foot of rain on the Midwest.Because of the forecast for all of that rain, flood watches have been issued from the Gulf Coast all the way to Upper Peninsula of Michigan.Some areas in the upper Mississippi Valley had more than 15 inches of rain in the last week and all of the new rain will be running into the major rivers as well.An additional 6 inches or more of rain could produce significant flooding on the Mississippi River and its tributaries as we go into the end of the week and into the weekend.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

California’s Camp Fire now 100 percent contained, officials say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PARADISE, Calif.) — The most destructive and deadly wildland inferno in California history has been fully wrangled into submission by firefighters, who have been battling the ferocious blaze for 18 days, authorities announced on Sunday. The catastrophic Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County that ignited on Nov. 8 and indiscriminately devoured thousands and thousands of homes and structures and claimed at least 85 lives was fully contained by firefighters Sunday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.The welcome news came just days after firefighters in Southern California reported that the Woolsey Fire — which started the same day as the Camp Fire, killed three people and destroyed 1,500 structures as it swept through Los Angeles and Ventura Counties — was 100 percent contained.The Camp Fire has destroyed 13,972 residences and 528 commercial buildings as it burned 153,336 acres, according to the latest Cal Fire incident report. At least 249 people remain unaccounted for, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.At least three firefighters were injured battling the Camp Fire. The Woolsey Fire also injured three other firefighters and burned 96,949 acres as it swept through such celebrity enclaves as Malibu and Calabasas, according to Cal Fire. In all, the pair of wildfires laid waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles. Officials said the remains of at least 54 people have been positively identified so far. Search and rescue crews were continuing to comb through the rubble of the Camp Fire Sunday for remains specifically in the town of Paradise, which was almost completely destroyed by the blaze.A multi-agency task force, at the request of the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, has captured detailed aerial imagery maps of damaged properties in most of the burn areas in the town of Paradise, as well as video surveys and 360-degree drone panoramas of all major roads in the area, according to the sheriff’s office.Officials hope the maps will provide valuable information to the search and recovery teams on the ground and to the residents of the community impacted by the Camp Fire. “This has been a tough situation for all of us,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said in his video message Thursday. “We’re in this together. We are Butte County strong.”Much-needed rain doused the scorched areas on Friday and Saturday, though the heavy rain did bring new dangers to the burn scar areas in the form of flash floods and mudslides.The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood watch for the burn areas in Northern California.Here is more about the fires that have been devastating Northern and Southern California.The Camp Fire in Northern CaliforniaThe Camp Fire ignited Nov. 8 near Pulga, a tiny community in Butte County nestled in the Plumas National Forest. The blaze exploded as strong winds fanned the flames southwest, enveloping Paradise, a bucolic community of 27,000 people in the Sierra Nevada foothills.The fire has virtually decimated the entire town.Melissa Schuster, a Paradise town council member, said her house was among those leveled by the Camp Fire.“Our entire five-member council is homeless,” Schuster said in a Nov. 13 interview on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast. “All of our houses have been destroyed.”The death toll from the Camp Fire increased to 85 on Saturday after officials found still more bodies in the burned-out rubble of homes and melted cars, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office, which has warned that the remains of some of the missing may never be recovered due to the severity of the fire. Thom Porter, chief of strategic planning for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said the body count is expected to climb higher as search crews continue sifting through the destruction.“It is by far the most deadly single fire in California,” Porter has said of the Camp Fire.Many of the deaths occurred in Paradise.“The entire community of Paradise is a toxic wasteland right now,” Schuster said on Nov. 13, holding back tears.“In addition to that, and this is the hardest part for me to even talk about, the number of fatalities is [among] things that we don’t know at this moment and that’s something that has to be determined before people can move back in,” she said.Two prison inmate firefighters were among a total of three firefighters who have been injured while battling the Camp Fire, officials told ABC News. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown toured the devastation caused by the Camp Fire along with Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.“This is one of the worst disasters I’ve ever seen in my career, hands down,” Long told reporters at the scene Nov. 14.The Woolsey Fire in Southern CaliforniaThe Woolsey Fire also ignited Nov. 8 near the city of Simi Valley in Ventura County and rapidly spread south to Los Angeles County. The wind-driven flames jumped the 101 Freeway before sweeping through the celebrity enclaves of Malibu and Calabasas.The entire city of Malibu and a sprawling naval base near the seaside city of Oxnard were among the areas under mandatory evacuation orders, as officials warned the blaze could potentially spread all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Evacuation orders have since been lifted for some areas, including parts of Malibu, as firefighters successfully stretched containment levels.The Woolsey Fire, which torched a total of 96,949 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, was fully contained by Wednesday night, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.In addition to the 1,500 structures that were destroyed, another 341 were damaged.The blaze burned down a portion of Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills known as “Western Town,” where hundreds of movies and television shows, including HBO’s “Westworld,” have been filmed.The Woolsey Fire has been blamed for the deaths of at least three people and three firefighters sustained injuries while battling the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.A public health emergencyU.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has declared a public health emergency in California, where the wildfires forced the evacuation of at least two hospitals and eight other health facilities. “We are working closely with state health authorities and monitoring the needs of healthcare facilities to provide whatever they may need to save lives and protect health,” Azar said in a Nov. 14 statement. “This declaration will help ensure that Americans who are threatened by these dangerous wildfires and who rely on Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have continuous access to the care they need.”The smoke from the flames descended across the Golden State and choked the air in major cities.Smoke advisories were issued for the affected region amid concerns that smoke from the fires could present a “significant health threat” for people with asthma and other lung conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Residents were advised to stay indoors as much as possible and to wear a protective mask when venturing outside.Berkeley Earth, a California-based nonprofit that analyzes air quality in real-time, ranked San Francisco, Stockton and Sacramento as the world’s three “most polluted cities” on Nov. 16. Meanwhile, there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter in Butte County housing evacuees, according to Lisa Almaguer, public information officer for Butte County Public Health. Almaguer said the presence of the contagious virus is “not uncommon” especially at this time of year and “with hundreds of people living in close quarters.” President Trump tours unprecedented devastationPresident Donald Trump arrived in California on Nov. 17 to survey the scene of surreal devastation and meet with firefighters, alongside Gov. Brown and the state’s governor-elect, Gavin Newsom.The president stopped first in the town of Paradise, where he called the damage “total devastation.”“We’ve never seen anything like this in California, we’ve never seen anything like this yet. It’s like total devastation,” Trump told reporters. “I think people have to see this really to understand it.”The president later visited Malibu to tour the destruction from the Woolsey Fire.Trump pledged federal assistance to California following his visit, just days after he threatened to withhold funds from the state due to what he described as “gross mismanagement of forests.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man accused of killing California officer Ronil Singh taken into custody after allegedly trying to flee to Mexico: Officials

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) — The man accused of gunning down a Northern California police officer was taken into custody Friday in Bakersfield, California, following a massive manhunt, officials said.The suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, fled after shooting Newman police Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, at a traffic stop just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.An undocumented immigrant with known gang affiliations, the 32-year-old Arriaga tried to flee to Mexico after his alleged crime, authorities said Friday.Arriaga’s brother, Adrian Virgen, and co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, were arrested and accused of acting as accomplices, authorities said.Arriaga, who worked as a farm laborer, has two prior DUI arrests, authorities said, and Cpl. Singh pulled him over because he believed he was under the influence of alcohol.Singh’s brother, Reggie Singh, burst into tears as he thanked law enforcement for working so quickly to make an arrest.“I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart,” he said at a news conference, overcome with emotion.The motive is not clear, authorities said, adding they believe Arriaga was alone when he committed the crime.Ronil Singh, a native of Fiji, had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011, the sheriff’s office said. He previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department, according to a statement from California Gov. Jerry Brown.Ronil Singh is survived by his wife and 5-month-old son, according to officials.President Donald Trump weighed in on the shooting on Thursday after Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said the suspect was in the country illegally.“This suspect — unlike Ron, who immigrated to this country lawfully and legally to pursue his lifelong career of public safety, public service and being a police officer — is in our country illegally,” Christianson said Thursday.“There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop,” Trump tweeted Thursday. “Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

US World War II veteran receives France’s medal of honor on D-Day anniversary

first_imgABC News(NORMANDY, France) — Before this week, Stan Friday had not been back to Normandy, France, since he and Allied forces stormed its beaches to liberate Europe from Nazi Germany. For years, the World War II veteran would not talk about what he’d seen 75 years ago on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day.This week, Friday, 96, of Pennsborg, Pennsylvania, packed his things, however, and then traveled with a group of U.S. World War II veterans to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day as the world and its leaders prepared to honor them and pay tribute to the fallen.And, in a surprise to Friday on Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron awarded him and four other U.S. veterans the Legion d’honneur, France’s highest award for merit.“We know what we owe to you, veterans,” said Macron who marked the anniversary with U.S. President Donald Trump.”Our freedom. On behalf of my nation, I just want to say thank you.”On D-Day, Friday was F-5, 3rd Army, 80th division. An Army scout, Friday went far out ahead of the rest after D-Day to scope out the danger and witnessed two Nazi concentration camps before they were liberated.More than 156,000 Allied troops came ashore that fateful day and more than 4,000 had been killed as they reached 50 miles of Normandy coastline. Of the Allied troops who’d died on D-Day, 2,501 were Americans, including Friday’s friend.“The medic that took care of him before he died wanted to know if I was all right, while he was dying,” Friday told ABC News. “That’s how close we were.”Friday fought all through France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Austria. He was also charged with being ahead of the division, locating enemy troops, obstacles and determining enemy strength. He had a few hand-to-hand combat experiences and did many nighttime missions.Friday, who grew up in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and had also been given a Bronze Star, said the French honor was for all the brothers he’d lost in the war.Friday told ABC News on Thursday that the moment had been “thrilling, like a dream.”“The medal part is (for) the guys that’s out there. They’re the heroes. …. I represent them,” he said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sea lion pup trapped in plastic ribbon freed by SeaWorld San Diego specialists

first_imgSeaWorld via KGTV(SAN DIEGO) — Animal rescuers from SeaWorld San Diego freed a sea lion pup trapped in plastic ribbon, and captured the release on video.The sea lion had what appears to be plastic packing or shipping ribbon wrapped around its neck at Boomer’s Beach in La Jolla, California, animal care specialist for Sea World Brooke Hubbard told ABC San Diego affiliate KGTV.“When there’s lining around its neck, it can constrict their airways as well as their esophagus, making it so they can’t breathe, working overtime,” Hubbard said.Video taken on Saturday by one of the rescuers shows them sneaking up on the pup before they throw a net around it, and cut the ribbon off with scissors.After the sea lion was freed, it barked, turned back over on its stomach and scuttled back into the Pacific Ocean.“That’s the best feeling in the world, especially since we didn’t have to bring it back here and rehabilitate it,” Hubbard said.The team had been tracking the 2 to 3-year-old sea lion for a few days before they found an opportunity to help it. Saturday happened to be World Ocean Day.“Today was amazing!” Hubbard said.Hubbard reminded beach-goers to always pick up their trash, adding that rescuers see plastic on the beach every time they go out on a mission.“Please don’t litter at the beach,” she said. “Be able to pick up your trash anywhere you go.”Sea World did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Two teenage boys to be tried as adults in death of photographer hit by log

first_imgKuzma/iStock(LOGAN, Ohio) — Two teenagers accused of murder will be tried as adults in the death of a photographer who was hit by a falling tree log in an Ohio state park.A judge at Hocking County Juvenile Court in Logan, Ohio, determined on Tuesday that there was probable cause to bound both 16-year-old boys over to adult court to stand trial. The teens, who are now being held on $100,000 bond each, will remain in juvenile detention. The two boys were arrested last month in connection with the Sept. 2 death of Victoria Shafer, a 44-year-old married mother of four who owned a photography business in Chillicothe, Ohio, about 45 miles south of Columbus.Shafer was taking pictures for several high school seniors at Hocking Hill State Park on Labor Day when she was struck and killed by a falling log. Investigators quickly determined that the log, which was 6-feet long and weighed 74 pounds, was pushed or thrown off a cliff from above and later arrested the two teens after they allegedly confessed their involvement during interviews with detectives, according to a press release from the Hocking County Prosecutor’s Office.Authorities did not release their names due to their ages.Both boys were initially charged with reckless homicide and pleaded not guilty at their first court appearance on Oct. 11, though prosecutors noted that those charges were subject to change as more information comes in.Now, the teens are facing charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault. Their defense attorneys argue that the act wasn’t intentional, according to Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV.“The prosecution cannot prove murder,” Ryan Shepler, the lawyer for one of the boys, told WSYX.“I think at any jury trial in the adult system my client’s going to be acquitted,” said the other boy’s lawyer, Bob Toy. “No ifs, ands or buts about that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Icy, dangerous weather expected from Texas to New York

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Cities from Dallas to New York City will experience icy weather Friday morning.Winter alerts are issued from Texas to Massachusetts.A record-breaking 24-hour snowstorm hit Del Rio, Texas, this week, where up to 11.2 inches fell.Paducah, Kentucky, has seen the coldest eight-day stretch of snowfall on record, and temperatures are staying below 30 degrees.New York City is now experiencing one of the top 10 snowiest Februaries on record, with 24.4 inches having fallen so far this month.On Friday morning, 22 states, from Texas to Massachusetts, are on alert for winter snow, ice and hard freeze.Two C-17 military transport aircraft will be heading to Galveston and Corpus Christi, Texas, likely Friday, to deliver supplies, a senior defense official told ABC News Thursday evening. The official said the aircraft will mainly be used to deliver water.The military help comes at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which itself is responding to a request from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.The eastern storm will stretch from Florida to New England Friday with flooding rain in the Carolinas, an icy mix from Virginia to New York and snow from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Throughout the day, an additional 1-3 inches of snow could fall in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. During the evening, the snow and ice will begin to move out.Across the South, there is a hard freeze warning Friday morning, for Texas, Arizona, Louisiana and Mississippi, where temperatures are currently in the teens and 20s.As of Friday morning there are still more than 500,000 people without power across seven states.Most of Jackson, Mississippi, is currently without water, and city officials say there’s no timeline on when it will be restored.“We do not have a definitive timeline as to when the water will be restored in the tanks,” Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said during a news conference Thursday.The city will begin water distribution at several sites Friday.In the next 24 hours, however, the weather will improve. Temperatures will reach above freezing Friday afternoon in most of Texas and the South, and are expected to reach the 50s and 60s over the weekend.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Off-duty correctional officers allegedly run over group of people, crash through Taco Bell

first_imgTanesha Renea Williams, 25, of Waldorf, Md., has been charged with attempted murder for running over several people in front of a Taco Bell on March 31. – (Charles County Sheriff’s Office)By Mark Osborne, ABC News(WALDORF, Md.) — Two off-duty corrections officers from Maryland have been charged with attempted murder and a litany of other crimes after running over a group of people and crashing through the front of a Taco Bell in an apparent case of fast-food order outrage.Tanesha Williams, 25, and Diamond Johnson, 28, had argued with workers in the drive-thru about their food order before the incident in front of the restaurant in Waldorf, Maryland, on March 31 at about 10:30 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office said.Williams and Johnson were arrested on Monday following an investigation into the crash.After arguing with the drive-thru worker, both women exited the car and Williams assaulted the employee through the window, according to the sheriff’s office.The pair got back in their car and drove around to the front of the Taco Bell, where Williams, who was driving the car, drove toward a group of people, before stopping. She then backed up and drove toward the group again, this time plowing into the people and smashing through the front of the restaurant.Video of the incident showed several people tossed into the air by the vehicle.Multiple people were injured, but none appeared to be life-threatening, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.Despite heavy damage to the vehicle, Williams allegedly backed out and fled the scene, the sheriff’s office said.Williams has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and several traffic violations. Johnson is also charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.Williams and Johnson both work for the Prince George’s County Department of Corrections, a spokesperson told Washington, D.C., ABC affiliate WJLA. They were off duty at the time of the incident.Both women are being held at Charles County Detention Center without bond.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tighten policies or face huge claims, firms told

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Tighten policies or face huge claims, firms toldOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today A ruling in the Court of Appeal that put up awards for personal injury willmean more employers paying out in high-profile stress cases unless they tightentheir policies, lawyers have warned.Revised levels of damages, agreed by the court on 23 March, will see thehighest pay-outs for pain and suffering caused by work-related injuries goingup by a third.This will take the top award for mental damage caused by stress from £50,000to more than £66,000.Loss of earnings will continue to be paid on top, pushing pay-outs, whichreached a record of £203,000 in January, up further.Don Cuthbert, head of the employee relations practice at consultancy TowersPerrin, said it is up to HR professionals to make sure the right policies arein place to stop employees suffering from stress and injuries such as RSI.”The levels of compensation that are now achievable are going tomotivate the legal profession to take on more no-win, no-fee cases.”If employers don’t review their policies in light of this judgement toensure their procedures don’t create liabilities, it will result in morelitigation,” he said.Elaine Aarons, head of employment law at Eversheds, London, said the impacton employment practices will depend on how much insurance premiums go up.But she said the threat of a damaged reputation should galvanise employersinto action.”If a fund manager in a City company wins a stress case, investors arenot going to trust their money to that company,” she said.Awards of £10,000 and below will not go up. Increases in awards between thetop rates and £10,000 will taper downwards.The increases were lower than those recommended by the Law Commission’sreport of April 1999 which prompted the review.www.lawreports.co.uk/civ_mar0.8 Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more